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Friday Favs

Hi there!  I’ve rounded up all my favourites this week for my Friday Favs…..hope you enjoy it!

Last week the One Room Challenge participants revealed their one room challenges…..and wow!  There are some beautiful spaces that were created in a mere short 6 weeks.  Here are three of my favourites from some fellow Canadians!

Vanessa’s new kitchen turned out gorgeous – what a difference from the before…..and I will be seeing it live this weekend….can’t wait!

Decor Happy KitchenOverall

Sarah’s basement renovation is to die for!!! So glam!


And Nancy’s gorgeous master ensuite overall is so classic and beautiful!

marcus design

Last fall I participated in the One Room Challenge, creating a Mancave garage for my husband. Here is how it turned out……not as pretty as the images above but my husband loves it….and that is what counts!  You can read all about it here

ORC full view of mancave garage - Decor by Christine

Now here are more Fridays favs that caught my eye this week!

Have you started decorating your house for Christmas yet? I`m starting this weekend!  Have you seen the Canadian Tire WOW Guide……its WOW! (pun totally intended)

I think a few of these fun items may end up in some Christmas stockings

The 11 best hair tutorials on YOUTUBE right now to get you ready for holiday social events 

I’m obsessed with this instagram account…..pink & grey everyday!

The Best Shoes For Every Holiday Party

One of my design projects was featured as Basement of the Week on Houzz!  YAY!

Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo






One Room Challenge: ManCave Garage Reveal

Hurray…….it’s finally time for my One Room Challenge ManCave Garage reveal.  But first let me clarify a few things first if you are new to the Decor by Christine website & blog:

  1. I am an interior decorator/designer and I normally do pretty & glamorous design projects. Yes, that means I do kitchen & bath renovations and  I decorate homes with beautiful furniture & accessories.  My clients are usually married women with busy lives & kids that need to revamp their home after years of having a beige & blah home.  This is what I do…..I infuse colour, pattern and style into their home…..and they are ecstatic afterwards!
  2. This is my first time participating in the One Room Challenge created by Linda from Calling It Home.  I hope to participate again in Spring 2016 where I can show you a room that really reflects what Decor by Christine is all about.
  3. I have never done a garage or mancave before.  In this case, my husband became my client and Garage Living carried out the renovation….but my husband & I created the vision of what we or should I say HE wanted to have.  Mancaves aren’t really “pretty” so this One Room Challenge is not the usual project you will see on the Calling It Home website full of pretty bedrooms, bathrooms, laundry rooms etc that all the wonderful participants all finished in a mere 6 weeks.  But damn……I am really proud of how this mancave garage turned out!  Oh, and my husband is currently on cloud 9.
  4. You can catch up on Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 here.
  5. Ok….enough rambling on……now let’s get going on the reveal!  But first…..a quick recap:

The Garage – Before

Do you remember what it looked like?  Here’s a view of the left side of the garage.

garage - interior

And this was the plan that Garage Living created for us after a meeting with them discussing my husband’s needs.


The Garage – After

A Full View of the ManCave Garage

As you can see, we got a full artwall happening here, cabinetry, an area to enjoy a coffee and lots of storage!

ORC full view of mancave garage - Decor by Christine

In this picture the Porsche is sitting on the car lift at ground level.

ORC full view of mancave garage 2 - Decor by Christine


The Art Wall

The art gallery on the left wall of the garage is the focal point of the mancave garage.  Here my husband has created  a story of pictures from his motorcycles rides – specifically his trip to Sturgis this past summer.  He also pays homage to the founders of Harley-Davidson with pictures of vintage bikes from the Harley-Davidson Museum.  And of course, his new baby is his Porsche Carrera he got this past spring.  So lots of pictures of Porsche and other beauties.

ORC Artwall 2 mancave - Decor by Christine

Miniature little bikes on a shelf:

ORC HD closeup of shelf - Decor by Christine

A gas tank he purchased from E-Bay that echos the large picture of gas tanks from every year that Harley Davidson has been in existence – 112 years old.

ORC HD old gas tank - mancave - Decor by Christine

Below is a vintage Porsche steering wheel from a 1993 911 we hung as art.  And right below it is a stunning metal art photo of his bike that I got made as a surprise from Posterjack.

ORC Artwall mancave garage - Decor by Christine

And we can’t forget about Sports — specifically baseball with the Toronto Blue Jays.  The large photo is made out of posterboard art also from Posterjack.

ORC baseball art wall - Decor by Christine

Who remembers when the Blue Jays won the world series for the first time…..That’s a classic picture.

ORC - baseball shelf - Decor by Christine

The Garage Cafe

To enjoy a lovely cup of freshly ground coffee, we have a lovely bistro table with truly unique bar stools made from replicated motorcycle seats.

ORC Bistro cafe - Decor by Christine

ORC bistro table styling - Decor by Christine

ORC Bistro mancave garage - Decor by Christine



We got lots of storage from Garage Living.  We love the butcher block countertop and stainless steel backsplash.  I had a lot of fun styling the counter top with some of my hubby’s fun accessories.

ORC Cabinetry mancave garage - Decor by Christine

The bar fridge was a little bit too small for the opening so we chose to put it at the side and replace that area with another bar stool (as we purchased 4 of them).

ORC counter styling in mancave - Decor by Christine

These old Harley-Davidson beer cans were purchased at Aberfoyle Antique Market.  Believe it or not, they are dated 1993 & 1998 and still have the beer inside the can.  Imagine cracking open that can right now –  Ewwwwwwwwwwwww!

ORC vintage HD beer cans - Decor by Christine

The full length cabinets allows us to hide our garbage & recycling bins so the mancave stays neat and clean smelling.

ORC recycling storage in garage - Decor by Christine

And there is alot of overhead storage for seasonal items.

ORC Upper storage in garage - Decor by Christine

The Car Lift

Adding in a car lift allowed us to store an extra vehicle in the garage…..and to watch the car rise is really quite awesome.  It’s like a fun elevator with no walls.  So I had to pose beside it of course.

ORC carlift in mancave garage - Decor by Christine

And last but now least…..we can’t forget whose garage this belongs to – Dad.  At least I’ll know where he’s at when I can’t find him.  🙂 Also I’m loving my newly painted black door and new stair railing.

ORC - dads garage - Decor by Christine


It’s been a crazy 6 weeks trying to get the mancave garage completed…..and wow, are we ever happy with it.  We don’t consider it a garage anymore…..it really is another room of the house.  And we are looking forward to having some friends over for a fresh cup of coffee at The Garage Cafe.

Hope you enjoyed my One Room Challenge, and don’t forget to head over to Calling It Home to see all the other beautifully designed rooms by all participants.  I want to thank Garage Living for the installation of our fabulous new mancave garage & Posterjack for creating some stunning artwork out of our photos for the gallery wall! xoxo

Glamorously yours xoxo


One Room Challenge: ManCave Garage – Wk 5

Hey there,

Things finally started to happen this week with my One Room Challenge Mancave Garage.  Incase this is your first time reading this blog, my husband & I are transforming our 2-car garage with the help of Garage Living as part of Calling It Home’s 6-week One Room Challenge.  We chose our garage as the room to transform because my husband was tired of the disorganization, lack of space for 3-4 vehicles and lack of proper storage.  So after 4 weeks of showing you before pictures, the layout, our vision board, and Garage Living’s products, we finally started to see the mancave garage take shape in week 5.

When the storage pod showed up last week we knew there was no going back.  Time to purge, throw out and basically sort through 7 years of stuff in the garage.  But we….or should I say my hubby did it!  So proud of him!! 🙂

So as a reminder, this is what the garage looked like last week:

garage - before

Last weekend the purge happened!  The only time we saw it look so naked was when we moved in over 7 years ago.

Empty Garage for ORC mancave - Decor by Christine

Then on Monday, the painter showed up to paint the entire garage a lovely shade of Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore.  It’s a bit ironic when you think about it — such a feminine sounding paint colour for a mancave garage….but wow, it really does look light and bright….exactly what we wanted.

Painted Gargage ORC mancave - Decor by Christine

Now it’s not 100% finished as we moved some our central vacuum unit and some electrical and plumbing fixtures so the painter will be coming back this week for some touch-ups and to paint the door black that leads into the mudroom from the garage.

The next day, Garage Living came in to install the new flooring with their Floortex Coating system.  It’s a 5-step process that is completed in one day.


In the collage below you can see them working on step 1 – the diamond grind surface, what the decorative flakes look like loose, then applying the pigmented adhesive base coat, then the flakes on the stairs.  They carry the Floortex coating right up the wall where the concrete ends and the drywall begins in most typical garages.

Floortex Coating ORC mancave garage - Decor by Christine

After a full 24 hours of drying, the Garage Living team came in to begin installing the car lift that will basically transform our 2 car garage into a 3-car garage.  And then came the cabinetry.  For some reason I misunderstood my husband on his colour selection, so you will see in my Week 3 update I show a lighter grey coloured cabinet.  But in fact, the cabinetry is a dark charcoal grey.  Which is gorgeous….so I am not complaining.  And I wasn’t too sure how the maple butcher block countertop was going to look but as you can see from these install pictures, it looks fabulous.  And I love the contrast of the butcher block against the darker coloured cabinetry and the stainless steel diamond back backsplash. <3  And I haven`t even mentioned all the additional overhead storage we will have – a perfect use of vertical space.

Car Lift - Cabinets in ORC Garage - Decor by Christine

Now as I mentioned in my week 4 update we  I mean, my husband is creating an art wall with images & artifact of cars, motorcycles and baseball.  On the other side where the car lift has been placed is where we added slats for additional hanging storage, such as bikes and seasonal items.  I’m quite happy how it looks — so neat & tidy.  We can even use the lift as an elevator (when the car isn`t on it of course) to take down the bikes or whatever else is hung high on the slats.Storage Slats in ORC garage - Decor by Christine

In the bottom 2 pictures of the collage above, you can also see 1) how big the top of the car lift is, and 2) how much better the walls look now that trim has been added.   Little details like trim & mouldings can make all the difference in a home AND a garage.  The painter has some work ahead of him as you can see with the little sticky notes my husband left for him.

So in the final week of my One Room Challenge, we have to hang a lot of pictures, install furniture and accessories, style and then photograph. OMG, I have no idea if it will all get done with our crazy work schedules and extra-curricular activities….but I am so looking forward to showing you the final reveal. But I will share with you the nickname we have for the mancave garage….we call it “The Garage Cafe.“  And it will all make sense at the end of this week. 🙂

Until then, catch up on the other fabulous ORC transformations taking place with the other esteemed participants by clicking on the photo below.  And then click on the Garage Living logo to get inspired by beautifully transformed garages.

One room challlenge participant


garage living & Decor by Christine


Glamorously yours xoxo


One Room Challenge – ManCave Garage – Wk 4

This week’s update for my One Room Challenge ManCave Garage is all about creating a fabulous artwall (using Posterjack) and sourcing the furniture for the mancave.  Garage Living starts next week so I don’t have any garage progress pictures to show you — YET.  Last week’s post was all about the finishes for the garage so this week’s post is focused on decorating the mancave part of the garage.   This is the area that I’m talking about:

ORC garage 3D furniture floorplan - Decor by Christine

The decor theme is all about motorcycles, cars and sports — everything a typical man loves,  My first idea was to go with a very cool den-like vibe with a sofa, coffee table in black and white, accessories in stainless steel,  with pops of colour coming from the artwall.  I also fell in love with the checkerboard flag rug from IKEA.  This is what I envisioned.

Mancave garage furniture vision board

My husband loved the rug and the artwork I’m getting made from Posterjack but he had a slightly different vision.  Sean wanted to go more with a cafe/pub/bistro look.  So we kept the rug and started doing some research on Amazon.  And then we found these fabulous bar stools replicating motorcycle seats and that was it.   SOLD!  Here is the revised vision board for the mancave.

Mancave garage furniture vision board 1

I’m in love with these stools….they are so unique and fit in perfectly with our Sean’s mancave decor theme! The neon H-D clock is also quite adorable.

The artwall is going to consist of the 3 earlier themes I mentioned….Harley Davidson, Porsche and baseball – specifically the Toronto Blue Jays.  As a surprise (but not so much once he reads this post) for my husband I got a 24 x 38 sized canvas of his Porsche and a 18 x 24 image of the Blue jays ALCS  game 5 opening ceremonies (a picture he took) re-imagined in photo board for the artwall.  I also got something made at Posterjack of his motorcycle which will have to wait until next month’s reveal….but its going to look fab-u-lous!!!!!!

Intermingled with these pictures and other framed photos of his Harley & Porsche is going to be some vintage & one of a kind items he has purchased at auctions and on the internet.  Its going to be a gallery wall that all men will lovingly gaze at & drool over for hours.  I can’t wait to show you!!!!

That’s it for this week.  Don’t forget to check out what all my fellow #ORC participants are blogging about by going to Linda’s Calling it Home website!  And check out Posterjack’s website — you can save up to 50% on select sized canvas prints…now that’s a great deal!

See you back here next week!

Glamorously yours xoxo






This post has been sponsored by Posterjack.  All opinions expressed are my own naturally! xo


One Room Challenge – ManCave Garage – Week 3

Who knew there would be so many decisions to be made for my husband’s mancave garage transformation.  Yes folks, its time for another One Room Challenge Week 3 update!  And this week it was all about making decisions on the flooring, cabinetry, backsplash, countertop and wall colour – you would think we were renovating a kitchen.  But no, its our Mancave Garage!   So let’s get to it!

Here’s a quick reminder of the 3D floorplan that we approved last week:

ORC garage 3D floorplan - Decor by Christine

Now let’s get into the options:

Flooring Option

Garage Living, the company we chose to update our garage is known for their Rhino Polyaspartic Coating made specifically for garage concrete floors.  Without boring you with all the technical jargon or application process, basically the benefits of going with this type of flooring is 3-fold:

  • Its Dust free, odor free and easy-to-clean…..key when this is also a mancave
  • It’s Chemical and abrasion resistant — important for a garage that will house paint, chemicals etc.
  • And its pretty looking – which is important to me 😉

In addition, its guaranteed not to flake, peel or blister and as mentioned, is resistant against any car or household chemicals, including oil, grease, gas, paint, salt, mud, etc.  The coating is also UV stable ensuring a clear long-lasting shine that will not amber or blush overtime — so no fading.

So what we really needed to decide on was the colour we wanted to go with.  Garage Living has 15 colours to choose from.  We didn’t want to go too dark or so light that it ended up looking like a hospital room.  These were the final 4 options we decided on.  (Mind you….this picture does not do the samples justice…they appear a lot darker than they really are).

garage flooring Colour Options - Decor by Christine

We ended up choosing QuickSilver as it had lovely specks of light & dark grey with hits of white which coincided with our………

Wall Colour Options:

As part of the Garage Living installation they paint all the walls and ceiling whatever colour we want.  We chose to go light and bright so the mancave doesn’t feel like a dungeon….since Sean will be out there a lot – especially when he misbehaves….LOL! 🙂  We narrowed it down to Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace OC65 and White Diamond OC61

chantilly lace OC65 for mancave garage - Decor by Christine   White Diamon OC-61 for mancave garage - Decor by Christine

In the end we chose to go with Chantilly lace.  We liked the way it looked against the QuickSilver coloured flooring vs White Diamond which has grey undertones…something I wanted to avoid on the walls since there is quite a bit of grey in the flooring.


The sky is the limit for cabinetry selection especially if budget is not a consideration.  Garage Living’s modular cabinetry can be configured to meet your needs, space and budget.  All components are powder coated, welded steel construction with magnetic door latches, lockable tool drawers and large sports equipment lockers. We chose their Signature collection…..this is what the exterior of the cabinets & slats look like in the colour we chose.  The slats will be placed on the side of the garage where the car lift will be installed.  Here the bikes and any large tools can be hung.

ORC cabinetry colour option with slats - Decor by Christine

Countertop & Backsplash

For the countertop we had the choice of going with stainless steel for a real industrial look or maple butcher block that gave it a bit more of a laid back look.  In the end we chose to go with the maple butcher block because we found out that the stainless steel countertop easily scratched a lot and my husband intends on using the countertop quite a bit — especially when he is roasting his coffee beans (don’t ask…..this is another blog post).  The butcher block also looks a bit rustic.  To make up for not having a stainless steel countertop, Sean chose the stainless steel diamond plate backsplash.  So it was a nice compromise.  Below is an example of how our 2 choices will look together. BTW:  all these images I have shared all can be found on the garage living website.

ORC backsplach & countertop option - Decor by Christine

So now you know what I mean when I said I couldn’t believe all the decor decisions to be made to transition our garage into a fabulous mancave garage!  Here is a quick summary of the decor choices we made this week!

ORC Mancave Garage Final Decor Options - Decor by Christine

I’m starting to get real excited to see this mancave garage come to fruition….hope you are too!  If you want to see what the other participants are transforming in their one room challenge updates just click on this picture

One room challlenge participant

And if you are thinking about renovating your garage then click on the Garage Living logo to truly get inspired.

garage living & Decor by Christine

Glamorously yours xoxo


One Room Challenge – ManCave Garage – Week 2

Hi there,

Time for a Week 2 update on my One Room Challenge (ORC) where I will endeavor to transform my husband’s garage into a “mancave” garage in 6 short weeks.  Remember I am linking up to the One Room Challenge, along with a ton of other designers/bloggers challenging themselves to complete a room in 6 weeks.  Now many of you have been wondering why I chose a garage for my first ORC…..and it really came down to timing.  My husband and I had been discussing the garage transformation for the last month and had committed a budget to it.  So when my friends Vanessa & Christine challenged me to participate in this round of the ORC, the only room I could offer up was the  garage.  So not as glamorous as transforming a bedroom or bathroom but at least no one else is doing a garage.

Now let’s recap my Sean’s objectives for his mancave:

  1. Organization!  everything in its place (ie: tools) and the garage to be clutter-free
  2. Storage – lots of it for bikes, tools, seasonal decorations, my designer samples (ie: tiles, flooring etc) and all the recycling bins
  3. Maximize vertical space  for seasonal vehicles – we have an 18 ft ceiling in the garage so it makes sense as this under-utilized space
  4. Clean & odor-free garage – new flooring & storage will take care of this
  5. Add heater to moderate temperature in garage for seasonal vehicles
  6. Man-cave comfort (ie: fridge, counter space, TV) so he can watch sports while he is puttering around in the garage
  7. Create an art wall where he can display the pictures from all his motorcycle rides – pictures that I haven’t allowed in the house

We decided to hire a company called Garage Living, experts in converting ugly garages into masterpieces.


garage living & Decor by Christine


After meeting with them, they came back with some floor plans of our new garage taking into consideration our objectives for the mancave.  Below is a 3D floor plan they presented to us. Utilizing our high ceilings, a car lift will be added to store the summer car.  Underneath will be room for the motorcycle and Sean’s car.  On the other side is cabinetry that will house tools, recycling bins, my designer samples and a bar fridge.  My husband will have a TV or laptop on the countertop to watch sports while he putters around with his tools or his new coffee bean roaster. 🙂

ORC garage 3D floorplan 1 - Decor by Christine


There will also be additional storage overhead at the back and the front of the garage where we will store summer tires, seasonal items and whatever else goes up there. Bikes will be hung on the walls where the car lift is.  On the other side we will use that large wall to hang up my husband’s Harley-Davidson / Porsche pictures that he has taken on road trips.

ORC garage 3D topview - Decor by Christine

Below is a technical illustration of the floor plan that Garage Living provided to us — I always love giving clients a technical drawing of their floor plan….it looks so professional.

ORC - mancave garage - technical illustration - Decor by Christine

In reality the left side of the garage is for my SUV…but as I mentioned last week, it really is too big and I would barely be able to open my driver door to get out…..so this is where the mancave portion comes in.  Still debating whether I will add a table & chairs there or a sofa.  Hmmmmm, lots to think about still.

Ok, that’s it for this week.  Plans have been approved.  Next week we will be choosing the flooring, wall colour, cabinetry and back-splash….so come back for my ORC Week 3 update.

Click here to catch up on my ORC Week 1 blog post and click here to see what other rooms are being transformed from all the participants.

Glamorously yours, xoxo



One Room Challenge – ManCave Garage – Week One

Have you heard of the One Room Challenge? (#OneRoomChallenge or #ORC) 6-week blog series?  The One Room Challenge™, currently in its ninth season, is a biannual event every April and October hosted by Linda at Calling it Home Blog.  Each round, twenty designers are invited to take the challenge and transform a space — in just 6 short weeks. Every Wednesday, the designers document their process while sharing their sources and professional advice over the six weekly posts.  In addition to following along, everyone with a blog, is welcome to join in on the fun by linking their own room transformations up during the six weeks. This is where my blog comes in.  Each Thursday, I will be linking my transformation to this site.  For my first time I won’t be quite transforming your typical room like a bedroom or bathroom…..I’m going to transform our garage into a man-cave for my dearest husband.

One room challlenge participant

Can I transform a boring garage into something glamorous?  Damn straight I can!!  OK, well, maybe glamorous isn’t quite the word I would use to describe what my husband would like…but its not going to look like your typical garage.  I’m hoping that by the end of this transformation, our garage/man-cave will look something like this…..but even better!!!

bright-clean-garage inspiration

So why transform a garage?  My hubby and I had been discussing what to do with our garage and how to store his “toys” over the winter while still allowing our usual vehicles a place of warmth over the winter.  Actually, let me correct myself……only HIS car gets in the garage because my SUV is mammoth and won’t fit if I actually want to get out of it.  So really this is why the garage is becoming his man-cave…..all of his vehicles will be inside of it —  which includes his regular car, his summer car and his motorcycle.  Rough life he’s got!!

Below is a list of our, I mean his must-haves for the garage man-cave:

  1. Organization!  everything in its place (ie: tools) and the garage to be clutter-free
  2. Storage – lots of it for bikes, tools, seasonal decorations, my designer samples (ie: tiles, flooring etc) and all the recycling bins
  3. Maximize vertical space  for seasonal vehicles – we have an 18 ft ceiling in the garage so it makes sense us this under-utilized space
  4. Clean & odor-free garage – new flooring & storage will take care of this
  5. Add heater to moderate temperature in garage for seasonal vehicles
  6. Man-cave comfort (ie: fridge, counter space, TV) so he can watch sports while he is puttering around in the garage
  7. Create an art wall where he can display the pictures from all his motorcycle rides – pictures that I haven’t allowed in the house 😉

Here is what our garage looks like now from the outside and inside.  The exterior of our house with our double garage:

exterior of house

And here is the disorganized mess that is inside:

garage - before

Now we are on our way to transforming this garage into a man-cave garage….keep up with my weekly updates every Thursday for the next 5 weeks.  Sign up for my updates to the right of this blog post!

Glamorously yours xoxo